The NHL announced today that Flyers captain Claude Giroux has been named to the 2016 All-Star Game in Nashville. You can see the full rosters here.
If you noticed, there’s one special little fella whose name wasn’t on the roster. That’s right, at this point, Sidney Crosby didn’t make the cut. It sucks to be that weasel right now. Sorry (not sorry) Pens fans.
On the season, Giroux has 12 goals and 17 assists in 38 games played. The Flyers currently have 39 points and are tied for sixth in the Metropolitan division. This will be the fourth time that Giroux has played in an All-Star game.
The game will be played Sunday, January 31st. The NHL is trying something different this year. It will be a 3-on-3 tournament pitting the four divisions against one another in a winner-take-all format. The Atlantic Division will battle the Metropolitan Division and the Central Division will go up against the Pacific Division in the two semifinals.
In the new format, each division has a roster of six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies. The winning teams will duel against one another in the championship game. Each game will be 20 minutes long and should there be a tie after that time is up, a shootout will determine the winner. This is probably going to be the best NHL All-Star Game ever.